This review may contain spoilers.
The title of this episode seems to promise answers and we do get a few but in the end, we dont have our curiosity satisfied. Its understandable that the creators of the show dont want to divulge too much at one time but it would have been a nice holiday gift to tell us a little more than we were told.
It would be satisfying to find out at least what Thomass true motives are but we are left as in the dark at the end of the episode as we were in the beginning.
Though Sean and Leila seem to be the characters with whom we are supposed to relate and sympathize, they are not the most interesting characters in the show and definitely not in this particular story. They spend the hour looking for Leilas sister. We are given one clue as to why strange events have befallen Leila but its just a corner piece of the puzzle we are trying to put together.
Sofia shows us that the aliens have an inner nature that may be hidden by what they seem on the surface to be. She seems at one moment to be soft and yielding and in a spit second, she shows us she is tough and hard. Shes interesting but can we like her? Are we supposed to like her? Theres a question that could have been answered just to appease our desire to know more about the aliens, to know more about Sofia specifically.
The 24 influence on this show is bleeding obvious. There is intrigue galore. There is some pretty pointed political messaging as well. Its not hard to imagine Joe Biden and Barack Obama playing the parts of the president and vice president in the hospital scene in Everything Will Change.
One thing we know is that Hal Holbrooks menacing character is controlling the vice president. This has been made abundantly clear but why is not within our view.
The characters of the president and the chief of Homeland Security inspire confidence that somebody is going to get to the bottom of what is going on with the aliens. This is important in a story that gives us more questions than answers.
Hal Holbrooks portrayal of the evil mastermind whose status, alien or person using aliens for his nefarious purposes, is not certain is completely believable. It makes you forget for an hour all those good guy roles hes played over the years. Hes not Mark Twain in The Event.
What Didnt Work
Too many questions go unanswered. Why are the aliens abducting the children of aliens and injecting them with a substance that damages them mentally? Why and how will the many deaths Thomas keeps promising occur? Why would aliens who supposedly dont want to go home launch a communications satellite and send a signal out to that home? Are they planning an invasion? Are they just crazy? What is Hal Holbrooks characters place in all of this? Will this be another The X-Files and not deliver at the end?
Well just have to tune in again in January to see if the writers give us some of the information for which we hunger.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Everything will Change was written by David Shulner and Nick Wauters and directed by Norberto Barba. The Event stars Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Laura Innes, Ian Anthony Dale, Scott Patterson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Taylor Cole, Lisa Vidal, Bill Smitrovich with Å½eljko Ivanek, Blair Underwood, and Hal Holbrook.
“The Event” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.